With braids encircling the head like a halo, braided updos always look chic, romantic and divine. Best of all, one can sport braided updos every single day, but also for formal and special occasions, as they are sophisticated and just special. If your fantasy of a braided hairdo doesn’t go further than the lovely low-braided updo style, you probably have missed the gorgeous faux-braided one. Resembling a whole bunch of braids stuck to the head, faux-braided updos look extremely youthful and whimsical and are able to add a lovely feminine allure to your everyday, formal and special occasion looks.
At a very superficial glance, this hairstyle may seem to be too complicated to be accomplished, but, on the contrary, it requires zero braiding skills, as it is made up entirely of twists! What you need is a little patience, some hairspray, bobby pins and, of course, long or medium tresses. So let’s learn how to style a faux-braided updo in just a few minutes.
For the most romantic result, work with lightly textured, wavy hair. Starting on the right side of the head, take the front section of your hair and divide it into two equal sections. Twist the hair, taking the hair right below those first two pieces and incorporating them into the main twist. This way, add sections of hair to the twist as you go and twist the hair across the head until you reach the opposite side. Once done, secure the twist-braid in place with bobby pins, leaving the remaining hair in the twist loose.
Repeat the same action on the other side of your head, making sure your second twist goes directly above and across your first braid. Twist the second section of hair until you get to the nape of your neck on your right side, pinning it there for it to stay in place.
Now, take a small portion of loose hair from the left side and cross it over the right twist, rolling it in. This way, you will change the direction of your twist from right to left. The hair section should be diagonally parted, so that your hair will go to the opposite direction, as you are twisting it in. The main task is to create an S-shape with your twists.
Once you are done with the left side, grab the remaining hair in your other hand and roll the pieces over each other to plait one big twist. With your finger hook the middle of the twist. Twist the hair around the finger, creating a big figure eight at the back of the head and then secure the do with bobby pins. Make sure to pin the hair well so that none of the sections will fall out. At the end you can apply some hair spray for a perfectly polished look or just leave out a few fly-aways for a more romantic, relaxed feel.
Since the main hair handiwork is done at the back of your hair, from the front you look quite simple, soft and relaxed. Once you turn around, the fun of your do really starts! Thus twisting, layering and direct-changing your tresses, you get a super-voguish faux-braided updo, which looks like braided by a real pro!
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